The highlands of Central Iceland are the wild and hostile deserts of the country. This is where you can find the famous Landmannalaugar and Kerlingarfjöll sites, which make this region a top choice for hikes and treks.
Central Iceland is a wild area, accessible only to off-road 4x4 vehicles and almost uninhabited. It is a region dominated by glaciers, volcanoes and lava fields, and it is pristine wilderness as for centuries the harsh climate made it simply too expensive (or dangerous) to explore. Vatnajokull, the largest glacier in Europe, covers more than 8,000 km², or 8% of the total area of the island.
Deep inland is the part of the island where you'll find the mythical Landmannalaugar Thorsmork trek and all sorts of hiking trails which are the jewels of the Landmannalaugar region. The Thorsmork region is rather difficult to access, but once you get there you'll see it is worth the effort.
The mythical Askja and its caldera rise up in the center of the island, remote and foreboding, with breathtaking views. Deep inland is also the region with the most beautiful off-road trails in the country: the F225 to Landmannalaugar, the 910 from Askja, or even the Kjolur (F35) and the Sprengisandur... This is where you'll find the trails that the real adventurers love to explore, but only if you have a proper 4x4 vehicle!
The Kerlingarfjöll region also offers some of the most beautiful hikes in the country and breathtaking views.
Further south, the track leading to Laki (Lakagigar), the famous volcano, is also a must-see for anyone doing an off-road tour.
The map has been divided into 6 regions to help travelers focus on one part of the island, for example during a short stay, or put together a multi-region itinerary. Select a region to see the tourist sites in this area.
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